Harford Man Held After 4-house Shooting Spree

April 27, 2009

A Harford County man was charged with attempted first-degree murder after police said he fired shots from a shotgun and a handgun at four homes, including a residence occupied by his former employer.

Harford County sheriff's deputies said Mark A. Snyder, 37, of the 800 block of Dellwood Drive in Fallston went on a shooting rampage about 2:30 a.m. Sunday but did not hit anyone. Police responded to the area of the 3800 block of Bay Road in Street, where investigators found that several shots had been fired into a house that was then broken into. The family was not at home, police said.

After hearing the gunshots, a neighbor drove to the house, saw Snyder leaving and called the sheriff's department, identifying Snyder, police said. Snyder saw the neighbor and followed the man to his home, according to police. The neighbor turned his vehicle and headlights off in his driveway when Snyder got out of his truck and walked toward the neighbor's house, according to police.

A Harford County Sheriff's spokesman said that as the neighbor then sped away, Snyder fired an unknown number of shots toward the neighbor's vehicle and house before pursuing him. The neighbor was able to get away, police said. About 30 minutes later, police received a call of shots fired in the 400 block of Darlington Road in Havre De Grace. Police said the home was the residence of Snyder's former employer. A man and his wife were home but not injured, police said.

Police said that Snyder then fired shots at a fourth house in the 1300 block of Heaps Road in Street. Police found Snyder at home.

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